Christina Zhou obtained her Bachelor of Music with Distinction Honors from the Eastman School of Music at the age of 21 and studied with the late Zvi Zeitlin. She has also completed her Graduate Diploma at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory with Zuo Jun. Her previous teachers were Sui Yue Long and Zhang Zhen Shan. Her earlier awards included Third prize in the National Violin and Piano Competition Junior Category 2001 in Singapore and First prize in the Bruch Concerto Competition at Eastman in 2009.
She has attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival, awarded full scholarships for Music Academy of the West and Texas Music Festival in the USA. Christina has a vast experience in chamber and orchestral playing, working with world renowned conductors and musicians both in the States and in Singapore.
Most recently, she performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the ADDO Chamber Orchestra in Singapore.
She was invited to perform in the PSPA International Ensemble for a 2-weeks tour and residency in Malaysia; giving workshops and performing solo and chamber works. Apart from classical music, Christina is keen on understanding and learning jazz and has also attended the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival in the United States, studying with Christian Howes and many other prominent jazz and improvising artists of the Festival.
A highly active freelance violinist in Singapore, Christina also coaches secondary and high school students in chamber and orchestral works. She is currently the concertmistress of TO Ensemble, performing original works of Tze Toh. They have been invited to perform in the Titian Budaya Festival in Kuala Lumpur in November. A very passionate teacher, Christina teaches both privately and at the Coronation Music School.
Christina is playing on an 1854 Antonio Gagliano violin from the Rin Collection and is very grateful for the Rin family. She loves kids, travelling and lives by the motto: Eat, Sleep, Music. Live, Love, Laugh.